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Bear Grylls, ITV go Wild with sports stars

Bear Grylls in Man vs Wild

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has greenlit a pair of Bear Grylls-fronted specials in which the survivalist will be joined by former Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams and World Cup-winning rugby star Jonny Wilkinson, respectively.

Banijay-backed Dragonfly Film & TV will work with Banijay and Grylls’ joint venture The Natural Studios on Bear & Jonny Wilkinson’s Wild Adventure and Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure.

The specials will see the sports stars joining Grylls in the wild, rock climbing, abseiling, crossing rivers and learning basic survival skills.

They are executive produced by Tom Currie for Dragonfly TV & Film and by Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman for The Natural Studios. Ewen Thomson is the director.

They programmes were commissioned by Amanda Stavri, commissioning editor for factual entertainment at ITV. Both episodes are being distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.

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